7 Cool and Unique Things To Do In Munich
Travelers who have been to Munich before can quickly name the most famous places there, and there are a lot of them. But this city is also full of hidden treasures that most tourists don’t know about. Here are some lesser-known things to do in Munich that are often funny, sometimes scary, but always worth seeing.
Enjoy blissful solitude
The energy of Munich is contagious. So, if you want to get away from the busy, touristy city and be alone, go to Klenze’s Stone Bench. People think that this big, hidden bench, which dates back to 1838, is in the middle of a creek and can’t be reached. But we’ll tell you a secret: you can get to the bench from behind by taking a narrow path that is hidden by tall trees. Note the writing on the seat: “Here where your wallet is, there was once only wood and swamp.”
Take a picture of a staircase that goes nowhere.
The German word for “rewriting” is “Umschreibung,” which is the name of a sculpture in the courtyard of the accounting firm KPMG Deutsche Treuhand-Gesellschaft. The Danish artist Olafur Eliasson made this 9-meter (30-foot) high steel structure in the shape of a double helix, which looks like a crazy roller coaster. The staircase doesn’t go anywhere, which is what makes this building special. No one knows what the artist was thinking when he made this. Maybe it means that everything that goes up must come down, or that sometimes the journey is more important than the destination. But you should know that visitors are not allowed to climb the stairs.
See a bejeweled skeleton
Saint Munditia, the patron saint of single women, is thought to have been killed in 310 AD and buried at St. Peter’s Church, also called “Alter Peter.” She’s wearing a transparent body stocking and has jewels and gemstones all over her. She has a goblet of dried blood in her hand, which is a sign of her death. In Munich, there is a festival in her honor every year on November 17.
Bruno is a bear
In 2006, a brown bear named Bruno kept Germany and Austria on their toes. Bruno was the Problembar, a bear that had been wandering across the Alps and eating anything it came across. The Bavarian Ministry of the Environment told Bruno to be killed when he stopped being afraid and started showing up often near people’s homes. There were a lot of protests against this decision from activists, but he had to be shot because no one could catch him. Today, you can see him in the Natural History Museum at Nymphenburg Castle stealing from a beehive. Even though he is now stuffed and mounted, it is easy to see why he was such a terror when he was alive.
Visit an unusual museum
Bruno Bear was just a taster. The Deutsches Jagd und Fischereimuseum (Museum of Hunting and Fishing) has over 1,000 taxidermied animals and birds, including some very rare ones, that are ready to make your vacation very creepy. If that doesn’t scare you enough, wait until you see the macabre monsters made by putting together animal and bird parts in strange ways. Also, the fact that this group is housed in a church that is no longer in use adds a bit of oddness to the setting.
Try beer soup in a different place
Speaking of things that don’t go together, Isarbrau is a beer garden in a well-kept train station. They serve out-of-the-box, non-traditional food (like beer soup!) in an atmosphere that is as unique as it gets. Locals have been raving about Isarbrau’s food and beer since 1890, so you can be sure they know what they’re doing.
Take a walk down “Deserter’s Alley”
Four Bavarian policemen and 16 Nazi soldiers were killed at the Feldherrnhalle on November 8 and 9, 1923, when the Nazi party tried to take over. This bloody event, called the Beer Hall Putsch, led to Hitler’s arrest and the rise of the Nazi government. When Hitler took power, Feldherrnhalle was made a national monument, and everyone who passed by had to do the Hitlergruß (Nazi salute) there. The Viscardigasse Alley, also known as “Deserter’s Alley,” was used by people who strongly disagreed with Hitler’s policies. This lane is only for people on foot, and it has a path of bronzed paving bricks in honor of the brave people who didn’t salute Hitler.
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